baroque cello

Baroque Cellist Juliana Soltis
Teresa Tam Studio

There was a time and a place when the cello was the Rodney Dangerfield of instruments — it got no respect.

That time was the 1700s, and the place was France, where the cello occupied a lowly place in the minds of many. In fact, one writer of the time went so far as to call the instrument “a miserable canker, wretch and poor Devil.”

Things looked pretty bleak indeed for the cello, until one great artist pulled it up from the abyss, altering the course of the instrument’s history forever.